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Why did Dumbledore have James' cloak?

by David Haber

On a new post on her official web site, J.K. Rowling admitted she made a mistake in New York when she was asked, what question have you never been asked that you ought to have been asked? She now says the question should have been, Why did Dumbledore have James' invisibility cloak at the time of James' death, given that Dumbledore could make himself invisible without a cloak?

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I don't know what Metamorphmagus like Tonks can do, but I think they can only change little details for a long time, or themselves for a short time, but not transform in another person for a long time, as we see with animagi (13 years!). Animagi have to be registered, and it doesn't seem that Metamorphmagus have to do so.

Of course, Dumbledore has so high ss that he can do things that Animagi or Metamorphmagi can't.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 2, 2007 09:45 AM

Ashley from Missouri,

It looks like the locket has changed hands, from Mundungus to Aberforth (the Hog's Head Barkeaper) but it could be that it was sold, like many have mentioned, or it could be that Mundungus is asking for help to "open" the locket, so he can destroy it's content.

As we don't know much of either character it is difficult to know what relationship there is between them, only a "commercial" one, or something else...

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 2, 2007 10:42 AM

Herve - I don't think Dumbledore was invisible when Sirius d at the Ministry. He said he was held up by Kreacher; trying to obtain what had happened.

Posted by Michael from Philadelphia, PA on April 2, 2007 5:57 PM

Herv� from Strasbourg HELP!

I believe I read somewhere that JKR used to teach French, so it is logical that she puts some of her names or clues in this language.

Herv� my spoken French is good, but my written one stinks so I need you to confirm or deny my assumptions here.

I have divided the word �Griffindor� into �Griffin d�or�, my take on the �Translation� is �Golden Griffin� or a �Griffin made of Gold�, and as a Griffin is part Eagle and part Lion, it is fitting that Griffindor�s Banner is of a Golden Lion.

In OotP we hear of the Black Family tree, which under �To Honorable House of Black� it says �Toujours Pure� Which means �Always Pure� (no mixing of the bloods), which would account for the burnt marks over those whom have dared to marry non purebloods.

And finally the name that The Dark Lord chose for himself �Voldemort� here is where I�m going to need your help Herv�. �Vol de Mort�, for which I have two possible meanings:

a) Flight from (as in he runs away from )
b) Steals from (as if he cheats or tricks )

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 3, 2007 11:19 AM

Emilio: your guesses seem to be pretty good. For Voldemort, it can be as well "flying ", coming from nowhere and attacking everyone like a bunch of agressive or hungry birds.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 3, 2007 2:38 PM

I don't think Dumbledore literally meant he didnt need a cloak to make him invisible. I don't think Dumbledore was actually invisible in the sense that he was not able to be seen. I think he was just discreet, and did not draw attention to himself. Anyone can become "invisible" in the terms of being unnoticable, even muggles.

Posted by Maya on April 6, 2007 6:12 PM

Isn't the sword from The Chamber of Secrets Godric Gryffindor's relic? The one Harry got from the Sorting Hat. The there's the goblet of Hufflepuffs, the locket is Slytherin's. Ravenclaw is the only one missing. Yes?

Posted by Toni from England on April 7, 2007 4:05 PM

I think that Dumbledore was there wearing the cloak when Voldemort ed Lily and James, as the only way to ever defeat Voldemort was to fulfill the prophecy, which meant that Voldemort had to mark Harry as his equal, Dumbledore knew this and so was there to witness it.

Posted by Tom from Manchester, England on April 9, 2007 1:23 PM

Even though my theroy seems very unlikely, it is possible that the cloak never belonged to James. I might of from some of the clues Sirus gives that they used it to get to the Whomping Willow but the letter that Dumbledore left for Harry on Christmas says "Your father left this in my possesion before he d". That doesn't mean that his father, the one that Dumbledoere mentioned is James. It could've been this grandfather or something. It's even possible that it was Godric Gryiffindor's. It never tells you in the hundreds of pages in the series Dumbledores age.

Posted by Shirley from Victoria, Australia on April 9, 2007 7:37 PM

my theory on why dumbledore had James cloak.

I think that severus snape was at James and lily�s house, and HE was under the invisibility cloak there.

I stumble upon this by total accident, but it makes total sense if you think about it.

Image this scenario. Snape and lily had a thing, then Snape goes bad. when Snape finds out it is James and lily that Voldemort is after, that is what changes Snapes mind. he feels guilty about the whole Lupin thing and knows he owes James his life, so he has to repay that . he loves lily, so he doesn�t want to see her hurt, so he wants to do what he can to protect her.
Snape tells Voldemort the prophecy, but doesn�t know the potters have a child. Wormtail tries to get into Voldemorts good side, tries to trump Snape and reveals the potters location. Which this upsets snape, in more ways than one.

Snape and Dumbledore devise a plan, that Snape is to go to the potters under James cloak.
While he is there, he performs a cure for Harry, saving Harry life, and not the last time trying to do so.

This theory would explain why Snape has it in for Harry, why Dumbledore has James cloak. why Sirius and Snape have such malice for each other, because I am sure it was Snape who called Dumbledore and Sirius to come and get Harry.

it also explains why Dumbledore trust Snape so much, and how he genuinely believes Snapes loyalty. And how everyone found out about the rumor that the potters are and Harry survived. And it explains on how someone knew that peter betrayed the potters and why they were hanging together in HBP.

Posted by tony from chicago, il on April 10, 2007 10:45 AM

I think you're onto something, Shirley! I never really thought about it this way. I don't know about it being a different generation or a different meaning of the word "father", but the note is worded in a rather peculiar way if it meant "this was your father's cloak" It is worded in this way: "You father left this in my possession..." and Harry that assumes this means that it was James' cloak. But what if Shirley is right and it wasn't actually James', that James merely used it? It's been said many times: Jo chooses her words carefully and deliberately.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on April 10, 2007 1:11 PM

It just might be that Dumbledore confided the contents of the prophesy to both, the Longbottoms and the Potters, and the latter just wanted to plan ahead, and give Harry every advantage they could think about, and acquired the cloak and maybe other things.

They obviously tried to hide themselves by making their whereabouts untraceable, through the use of a secret keeper (unfortunately Wormtail, the secret keeper, didn�t keep the secret).

On another train of thought could be that the cloak was a family heirloom or even a Griffindor Relic that they wanted to keep away from Voldemort, thus placing it in the safest place and in the safest hands they could think of, that is in Hogwarts with Dumbledore.

We might find out that the cloak has more magic than we have seen so far, so it is a good reason to keep it away from Voldy.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 10, 2007 4:41 PM

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